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2010 MLS Cup Playoff update - November 9, 2010

9 Nov, 2010

We are down to the final four of the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs. The early round saw two upsets, a tight battle that went to penalty kicks, and the Los Angeles Galaxy emerge as the clear favorite of the group.

Riding two Bobby Convey goals on either side of halftime, the San Jose Earthquakes advanced to the Eastern Conference final with a stunning 3-1 win at Red Bull Arena. Convey also assisted on the 'Quakes third goal, and ultimate difference maker, as Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski gave San Jose their last goal to put them ahead 3-2 on aggregate.

The Columbus Crew took a 2-0 lead (goals from Eddie Gaven and Robbie Rogers) in Game 2 and a 2-1 edge on total goals in the series before Conor Casey’s aggregate equalizer in the 84th minute ensured a 30-minute overtime. With no winner being decided in OT, the game went to penalty kicks, where the Crew's Brian Carroll fired his PK over the crossbar in the bottom of the fifth round of the shootout to send the Rapids into the Eastern Conference final against the San Jose Earthquakes.

FC Dallas took the toughest road possible to end more than a decade’s worth of postseason futility on Saturday night. After winning the opening leg 2-1, Dallas only needed a tie to advance. Dallas' Dax McCarty scored first in the 17th minute, but Robbie Findley tied it up in the 79th. Dallas was able to hold on for a 1-1 draw on Saturday, sending them to the Western Conference final.

David Beckham had two early assists and the Los Angeles Galaxy staved off a late but furious rally by the Seattle Sounders to win 2-1 at The Home Depot Center on Sunday night. The win sent the Galaxy through to the Western Conference Championship with a 3-1 aggregate victory. Edson Buddle and Omar Gonzalez each scored a header to give the Galaxy a comfortable lead. Steve Zakuani scored a goal four minutes from time for Seattle’s only tally of the series.

2010 MLS Cup Playoff Results and Schedule:

Oct 28 - 9pm ET - Columbus  0:1  Colorado, 1st leg
Dick's Sporting Goods Park  -  ESPN2

Oct 30 - 5pm ET - Real Salt Lake  1:2  Dallas, 1st leg
Pizza Hut Park  -  Fox Soccer Channel

Oct 30 - 10pm ET - New York  1:0  San Jose, 1st leg
Buck Shaw Stadium  -  Telefutura/Regional TV

Oct 31 - 8pm ET - LA Galaxy  1:0  Seattle, 1st leg
Qwest Field  -  ESPN2

Nov 4 - 8pm ET - San Jose  1:3  New York, 2nd leg
Red Bull Arena  -  ESPN2

Nov 6 - 4pm ET - Colorado  1:2  Columbus, 2nd leg
Columbus Crew Stadium  -  Telefutura/Regional TV

Nov 6 - 10pm ET - Dallas  1:1  Real Salt Lake, 2nd leg
Rio Tinto Stadium  -  Fox Soccer Channel

Nov 7 - 9pm ET - Seattle  1:2  LA Galaxy, 2nd leg
The Home Depot Center  -  ESPN

Nov 13 - 9:30pm ET - Eastern Conference Finals
San Jose at Colorado
Dicks Sporting Goods Park - FSC/FSE

Nov 14 - 9pm ET - Western Conference Finals
Dallas at Los Angeles
The Home Depot Center - ESPN2/Deportes

Nov 21 - 8:30pm ET - MLS Cup (Teams TBD)
BMO Field in Toronto, ON - ESPN & Telefutura


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